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people or with injuries, and the total by granbury medical center, 37 total people and 15 were transferred to the metroplex. 19 treated and released. and this morning, only three admitted or still in the hospital. last night i reported there were 16 transported straight from the scene up to ft. worth. wasn't counted in the group. that's what granbury medical center has. everything running smooth, looking good. we have a press release we'll put out that came to me from the granbury medical center. chief of staff combs put out a paragraph and the ceo put out a paragraph. we'll make sure everybody that needs it gets it. but the hospital is running smooth, things pretty quiet for
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the most part up there. no reports of any first responders getting injured or anything like that. so things are going good. we have been able to track a storm track this morning from the storm last night. we'll look at that to try to track the storm from the air today and be able to put out more information about that later in the day. i don't really have next time to say we'll get together and do a press conference. but we've been asked about doing a tour to the scene, so we'll have a bus available i don't want all the big trucks. we don't have time to drag those out there. we want to get you in, so you can see what you need to see and get you back out. so bring what you can carry, and we'll take you out there, we'll leave from the heb parking lot
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at 10:30 and head out there and let you get some video at that point in time and then bring you back out of there. escorted in, escorted out. so don't have anybody following up behind with the big trucks, we don't got time for that. >> can you talk about the damage, the number of homes damaged or destroyed? what will we see back in the neighborhoods? >> last night i put out, approximately 110 homes out there, and i have not got a total count yet from the -- the main concern is life safety and finding victims that still need our help. making sure we tend to those victims and their pets too. we've had issues with that. human society coming out this morning to deal with more of the pets that are loose and running out there. i don't have an exact count on any of the stuff yet. worried about life safety. >> do you think people had adequate warning? if so, what was it?
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>> the information we received, i worked very closely with the storm spotters last night when the dispatch center notified me at 6:14 we had storms coming in, activate the storm spotters. we worked close well them, had between 12 and 15 storm spotters on the ground. radio communication was good. we were talking directly -- i was talking directly to the national weather service. gave them the information, what we saw, they confirmed it, and they did recommend the warnings, put it out at the same time when they gave the information it was confirmed. we used code red emergency phone notification center. we worked through local media to get information out as quick as we could. got sirens set off. i think there were some video that was put out through some of your organizations that you can
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see the tornado in the background. we got information out there as fast as we could, as soon as we realized it was getting bad. we did it as fast as we could, fast as information was coming out. as fast as we knew things weren't looking very good. information out for people to take shelter. [ inaudible question ] >> yes. >> the seven unaccounted for, do you believe they are victims there or think they just left and perhaps didn't check in with anybody? >> we had five that checked in, they had left during the commotion, when they heard we were trying to account for everybody, they contacted us. so i have a good feeling that will be the case, i hope. first responders out there have gun a great job, the texas task force too, has got know out there. been over and over and over again through the area out there, through the subdivision,
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so i'm pretty confident we haven't left anybody behind, but we're still checking. >> have all six people who are deceased been identified? >> no, not -- >> and are they all in the same place or spread out throughout the county? >> no, all in the same area of rancho b rnch ancbrazos subdivi. >> those unaccounted for, from the same area as well? >> yes, correct. all from the same area of rancho brazos subdivision. >> any particular street wiped out? >> i don't have -- that whole subdivision was affected. all the streets out there. >> talking about cleanup and search and rescue, what will that entail? >> well, we'll be able to get back more when you by the time we have you take the tour out there. because at this point in time, like i said, life safety is the main thing and then we'll try to
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move forward. recovery and cleanup and i don't have that information. >> taking it one step at a time. >> when will people get back into their homes? >> you are listening to roger deeds, giving us an update on the tornado damage in several county in texas. six dead, seven unaccounted for, and this is still a rescue effort at this point. they are still trying to get people -- make sure people are safe at this point. >> still trying to identify those six people killed, apparently, happened in one subdivision. rancho brazos, in granbury, texas. much more on this. "cnn newsroom" with carol costello, begins right now. happening now in "the newsroom," breaking overnight, texas twisters. >> tornado on the ground right now. >> deadly storms rip through the lone-star state. >> nothing left.
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i'm sorry. there is just nothing left. >> oh, my god! >> funnel clouds and a furious sky. this morning,,north texas tries to recover. also, a scandal's casualty. >> inexcusable and americans are right to be angry about it i am angry about it. >> irs big wig steve miller gone. the white house troying to dig out of the pothole it's in. and a desperate and determined mother jumped into action to save her daughter. powerball frenzy. >> first number up. >> big jackpot, approaching half a billion dollars. >> got my dream house picked out already. >> ahead, the most chosen and least chosen numbers. are you ready? you are live in the cnn newsroom.
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>> good morning. thank you so much for being with me. i'm carol costello. new details about how those three kidnapping victims in cleveland are recovering. and adjusting to all of the new things around them, including technology. police say the women were held captive for more than nine years, and just think how much the world has changed in all that time. here is more from cnn's pamela brown. >> reporter: we've spoken to people who have talked to the victims and their families, and we have learned they are enjoying their new-found freedom and doing their best to move forward. gina dejesus and michelle knight have spoken on the phone and mayra has given her a makeover. everyone who knows me knows i can do hair so i gave my sister a makeover. also according to sources, the women are learning how to use technology and just now discovering what an iphone is for the first time. these women were hailed as heroes last night as the first
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responser who's rescued them shared their stories of arriving on the scene and seeing them for the first time. sheer what a couple of them had to say. >> we had seen her posters on the poles here and there, and i think all of us in the second district on the west side have seen those flyers, we've all gone to houses where there is a tip. usually a dead end. we follow them all up. amazing to see their there. standing, peering through the window. >> michelle hugged me first, and, boy, you can't describe the feelings. when someone is clutching you saying, please don't let me go. it rips your heart out of your chest. >> reporter: they talked about the roller coaster of emotions since rescuing the girls. as one officer put it, she felt ecstatic after the rescue and then crashed, feeling sadness for what these girls have been through. meantime, we're hearing from
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ariel castro's other daughter emily, inside an indiana prison. she spoke to a private investigator, talking about how she was also kept in the dark about what her father was up to, according to her. let's take a listen. >> the upstairs was blocked off with a big bass speaker, so i figured that since he lived there alone so long, that he didn't have any need for those -- like there were four bedrooms upstairs, he didn't have any need for them. so i was like, can i, you know, sleep upstairs in any old bedroom? no, it's cold up there, blocked off, dusty, and so i was just like, okay. >> ariel castro's daughter emily is in line with what we heard from his two brothers in an interview with martin savidge, saying ariel castro manipulated the family in order to keep his secret. pamela brown, cnn, cleveland, ohio. more than 100 injured in
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north texas and 6 dead after horrific tornadoes touched down. >> go! >> unbelievable pictures. you heard the sirens wail. in all, ten tornadoes touched down across the region, leaving behind a wide path of destruction. just take a look at what happened in this neighborhood. daylight, allowing new searches. one sherriff warns the death toll could rise. >> in addition to what the sheriff roger deeds of hood county, texas, said. right over here, whenever there is a tragedy, undoubtedly there will be people who leave their homes who try to see for themselves what they have seen on television, the sheriff's office is not allowing anyone not involved with the searcher
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cleanup or the restoration of power to past this roadblock. right over here, a lot of that work is happening. cherry pickers, workers trying to get power back to the homes standing, those homes that survived the storm. the worst of the action came through about 8:00 p.m. yesterday. they are continuing to look for people unaccounted for. >> victor blackwell, live with us this morning. the impact your world team is looking for ways to help. we'll update social media platforms with more information as we find it. damage control and high gear at the white house. three major scandals threaten to halt any agenda the obama administration hopes to advance. an angry president announced the resignation of the acting head of the irs after an inspector general report says that urs workers targeted conservative groups. on benghazi, the white house
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released more than 100 pages of e-mails that detailed talking points developed by the cia, white house, and state department. and after the justice department seized associated press phone records for a national security leak investigation, the white house asked the senate to reintroduce a federal shield law to protect reporters and their records from government interference. dan lothian, standing by at the white house, good morning, dan. >> reporter: good morning. you know, the white house today will try to turn attention to some of the international issues that have been outstanding as the president meets with the turkish prime minister at the white house on the aendgentleman, we expect syria, a big issue on the international front, but during their joint news conference, we expect the president will get tough questions on some of the domestic issues. coming one day after the president tried to restore confidence in government by coming down hard on the irs. trying to step out of a political sinkhole, president
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obama expressed anger at misconduct within the irs. >> inexcusable and americans are right to be angry about it, and i am angry about it. i will not tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency. >> reporter: the agency's acting commissioner, steve miller, asked to resign, and president obama vowed to put in place new safegua safeguards. >> i'll do everything in my power to make sure nothing like this happens again. >> reporter: this scandal threatens to run much deeper. the justice department has launched a criminal vastgation and attorney general eric holder was on the hot seat wednesday. pressed for answers by the house judiciary committee. >> i would strongly encourage this administration to get all the facts out. >> anybody who has broken the law will be held accountable. >> there is bipartisan outrage, but some top republicans have
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already made a decision. >> my question is not who will resign, but who is going to jail over this scandal? >> reporter: all of this threatens to overshadow the president's second-term agenda. the white house released 100 page of e-mails yesterday, reported by cnn's jake tapper. ith part of an effort to show that politics played no part in the talking points following the deadly attacks in libya. this tough new video using the president's own words has been released. >> the way to make government responsible is to hold it accountable. >> white house spokesman jay carney battled in briefings all week, insists that the president set a high standard. >> he wants and instructs everyone who works in the government, whether they work for him or civil servants to hold themselves to that standard and when they fin out there have
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been failures, he acts on it. >> the president's critic aren't going away any time soon. shortly after the irs announcement, the chair of the rnc says it wasn't enough and the president owed the american people an apology. >> carol. >> just looking at what's going on behind you that suddenly happened. what is that? >> that's all in preparation for the arrival of the turkish prime minister for meetings with the president and the news conference i told you about at the top of the reported. >> i'll ask you the question about the irs. irs commissioner was in essence fired. i don't think anybody will be satisfied with one firing. tip of the iceberg for the president? >> reporter: you know, a lot of people believe it certainly is. it was a large symbol. the president said everyone from bottom to top will be held bltable from a visual aspect. a strong statement being made when the acting commissioner is
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asked to resign. in addition to all of this, he was not around when this activity was taking place, but the big knock against him, he knew about it back in 2002, but did not tell congress, congressional investigators, and so for those reasons, that is why he had to step down, he was asked to resign, and he did. >> dan lothian reporting live from the white house this morning. >> okay. okay. this concerns the investigation into the boston marathon bombings. dzhokhar tsavraev huddled inside that boat where police apprehended him, wounded and bleeding, police were closing in and apparently he wrote some kind of note on the boat, somewhere in the boat, detailing why he allegedly did this crime. here is cnn's national corresponde correspondent, susan candiotti. >> reporter: he wrote a message
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literally on the inside of boat while he was lying there bleeding from injuries that his brother and he sustained in the shoot-out with watertown police earlier. dzhokhar used a pen or some kin of writing instrument according to a u.s. law enforcement official and scribbled he would not miss his older brother tamerlan and expected to join him soon. in the makeshift message according to our source, indicated a motive for the boston bombings, that it was payback against the united states for attacks against muslims in afghanistan and iraq. according to our source. those killed and injured in boston were simply in so many words, collateral damage. an attack against one muslim is an attack against all this seems to match messages we have seen in the past from suicide bombers and other attacks, including in the one in london a few years ago. now, the source added that what
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he wrote inside the boat is something that dzhokhar later told investigators, mainly the same thing. when he was interrogated bedside at the hospital after his capture, explaining why he and his brother carried out terror attacks. >> all right. susan candiotti reporting. much more information on this apparently note found in this boat, later on on "newsroom." stick around. coming up next, jodi arias may learn her fate. will she live or die? live to phoenix, next. ♪ new beneful medley's... tuscan, romana, and mediterranean style varieties. just mix it in... ...and take play to new places. three cans in every pack. new beneful medley's.
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now to arizona. later today, jurors in the jodi arias trial will hear arguments about why her life should be spared. casey wian with more from phoenix. >> we, the jury, upon our oath, find that the aggravating factor especially cruel has been profession. >> reporter: jodi arias sat solemnly as the jury decided she is eligible for a death sentence. the aggravating factor fades of a process that will you the mul determine her sentence. the county medical examiner, family and friends of victim
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victim travis alexander fought back tears. martinez displayed graphic images of alexander's body on giant screens that showed dozens of stab wounds. one so deep it punctured a vain going to his heart that produced a gusher of blood and several to the head that dented his skull. >> she made sure she killed him by stabbing him over and over and over again. and then finishing him off. >> reporter: then came the most horrific image, a gaping wound to alexander's throat. sliced open nearly ear to ear, remained on the screen for what seemed like an eternity. alexander's sisters, arias herself, even some jurors ave averted their eyes. martinez argued that the murder was especially cruel. >> you can imagine the absolute terror as he is sitting there, defenseless, water coming down,
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that is extreme emotional anguish. >> let's just sit for two minutes. >> reporter: he asked the juror to sit in silence for two full minutes, the time he says it took alexander to die. the defense says it is an overexaggeration. >> dr. horn told you that the adrenaline does, in fact, prevent the body from experiencing pain. >> reporter: jurors rejected that argument will decide whether there are enough mitigating factors to spare jodi arias' life. we are expected to hear victim impact statements from travis alexander's siblings, expected to be intensely emotional. we'll hear from the mitigation witnesses expected to testify are a childhood friend of jodi arias and a former boyfriend.
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the key question, though, carol, will jodi arias herself testify in this phase of the trial? this, after all, is her last chance to show she has some remorse and perhaps apologize to the victim's family, carol. >> casey wian reporting live. let's bring in danny savalos right now. >> thank you so much. >> should she take the stand? >> she should, because let's review. we had the aggravating circumstances hearing, a foregone conclusion, not a decision whether the jury just thinks it's cruel. there are statutory things that the prosecution had to prove and they are all here. these are defined. cruelty is defined in the statute, and no question that the prosecution would meet it. so too is mitigation, it's statutorily defined. among the factors are the defenda defendant's history, the kind of stress she was under, and these are things that could be potentially developed by other
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witnesses, but there is no better witness to develop these mitigating factors than jodi arias. i don't see a downside strategically to her -- to her testifying because she has to establish these mitigating, statutorily defined mitigating circumstances. not a question of whether the jury likes her or doesn't like her. that is an unconstitutional test. she has to show mitigating circumstances and the jury has to balance it, say do the aggravating circumstances outweigh the mitigating circumstances and there is no question that jodi arias has an uphill battle in proving these different mitigating circumstances to potentially save her life. >> i would say that's absolutely correct. because throughout this trial, she smeared travis alexander's name, the victim, and now she's telling a local fox station it was because she didn't get a plea deal. listen to arias. >> i was really hoping to get a
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plea and avoid talking about all of the things that came out, about him. if we had been able to avoid trial, we could have avoided the murkier aspects of his life. >> she trashed him during the proceedings, alexander's friends and family can take the stand. quite emotional. e shouldn't play a part. >> they have to follow the law, first, jodi arias in the interview, a master manipulator, already lining herself up for appeal in her mind, because she wants to show that for some reason, her attorney was in effective. that's the language of ineffective assistance because an offer wasn't conveyed to her. they didn't get her an offer, you can see she's already
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spinning the wheels, circling the wagons, moving on to travis' family, you better believe they will testify. i have never seen a more involved family and friends than travis alexander's family and friends. they are absolutely supporting the prosecution 100%. i would expect them -- plenty of testify. the prosecutor's problem is paring it down and choosing who to have testify and who not to testify. these will be very compelling witnesses and very difficult for jodi arias to reach her standard of mitigating or of mitigation by showing some of the factors that will outweigh the cruelty. i mean, this family is going to talk about what a terrific guy travis was, and that will affect the jury. >> danny cevallos, thank you so much for joining me this morning. >> thank you. another high-profile case, o.j. simpson back on the stand. will he get his appeal? live to vegas, after this.
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good morning. i'm carol costello. 31 past the hour. we could see o.j. simpson take the stand. it could happen as early as friday. he is seeking a new trial after his convictions off on robbery, assault, and kidnapping. what is on tap today, paul?
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>> reporter: carol, we'll hear from several witnesses, including david cooke. who is david cooke? the lawyer, forensic accountant if you will, hired by fred goldman, as you recall. o.j. simpson, acquitted of murder, lost the civil case to the simpsons. david cooke never miss as a chance to rip into o.j. on j. himself, tearing apart his former attorney, yale galanter as he was relaxed and released up those bottled up emotions yesterday on the witness stand. 4 1/2 years after being sentenced, o.j. simpson w testified in a bid for a new trial. he said he told yale gallaanter about his plan to confront memorabilia dealers. >> the overall message, you have the right to get your stuff. he gave me an example, if you
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were walking down the street and saw your laptop with your name on it in a car, you can use the force to break the window of the car to get the laptop. he told me on -- not only then, but even the night before that i couldn't go in a person's dwelling. because that would be trespassing. >> does the plan you have to retrieve your property evolve based on his advice to you? >> yes. >> all right. and you talked to him how many times do you think? >> four, five, six. >> reporter: o.j. reasserted he wanted no guns involved when he led the raid. >> did that plan ever involve a discussion of using weapons? >> weapons was never an issue. >> reporter: simpson at times jovial. he said following the arrest, that galanter don'tly assured him he would not be convicted for his role in the
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confrontation. >> he said, relax. relax. o.j., i got it i'll take care of this. i'm getting you out of this. you are not going to be convicted. >> did you trust mr. galanter? >> yes. >> did you believe he would get you out of it? >> i believed i was innocent, yeah. >> simpson said galanter failed to properly inform him about a prosecution plea deal offer. >> and what's the prosecution's take on all of this? quiet outside in court, in court documents, you kay k say the prosecutors say it's up to the defendant in regards to plea deals and testifying. carol. >> paul vercammen, live from las vegas, thank you so much. still ahead in the "newsroom " a call touulture of sex and r. you will hear a congresswoman and retired major general are trying to change that culture. ♪
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they are supposed to protect their military colleagues from sexual assault, but they themselves stand accused of
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perpetrated the crime. an army sergeant for abusive sexual conduct and possibly involved with prosecution related activity at ft. hood, texas. and separatelying, an air force officer arrested for groping a woman. sexual assaults up 30% from 2010. despite an estimated 26,000 incidents, just 3,300 were actually reported. army veteran nicole bowan is too familiar with this topic. she was assaulted during a tour of duty in iraq. nicole, welcome. >> thank you. >> you -- you characterized your tour as a "constant rape threat." tell us what that is like. >> you know, it wasn't easy serving in the military. i'm proud to have serveded the country and at the same time, there was nothing really put in
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place to protect anyone, men and women, or to make it easy to report a situation. so i chose not to report, and rather than go through the chain of command that i didn't feel would protect me and keep my information safe. >> can you sort of outline for us how you were treated by the people around you as you were serving your country in iraq? >> sure. i mean, there were amazing people that i made great friends, but there were people that weren't. it was like i was almost a piece of meat. i would every day get propositions for sex, by people that i was serving with. every day was -- there was -- every day was harassment in some form. >> and i mean, you are accusing your sergeant of sexually assaulting you.
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can you --i it's hard to believ, this was the person you would probably trust the most, right? and you say he betrayed you? >> well, anyone that is above higher ranking is someone that is supposed to look out for their soldiers, and i was lower enlisted and that didn't happen. so, yeah, it was shocking. >> and i know the case is still dragging on, two years later, because you did file a complaint, and do you know what the status is? are people in contact with you? >> yes. the claim is being processed. it's actually progressed, so i should have an answer within the next few weeks i'm hoping. but it's been almost two years. >> what about the man, the sergeant? do you know what his status is now? >> not at all. i -- i mean, i know that he was
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eventually promoted and that's really all i know. i didn't follow up. i -- yeah. i don't know anything about him. >> so we have heard from more than one defense secretary that sexual abuse in the military will not be tolerated and something will be done. yet, two officers who were put in place to help solve the sexual assault problem within the military have now been accused of sexual assault themselves. when you hear that kind of stuff, what -- what goes through your mind? >> i wish that i really had a -- an upset reaction, but it just seems like that's very typical. i'm not surprised. >> is -- you know, i was wondering, when these two men were being interviewed for these positions, what questions were they asked? i mean, it's mind boggling this could happen twice. >> agreed. agreed. and i'm sure it's not just
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twice. but that's what is in the media. so it's -- there's a problem. it needs to be addressed. >> is it sort of like -- >> and there are real people -- real people that are impacted. >> and, you know, 26,000 cases reported. that's mind boggling too. what is it about the military culture that allows this kind of behavior? >> i think a lot of the control is in the commander's hands, so commanders, in order to get promoted will not report rapes, it reflects poorly on them, so the control needs to be taken away from the commanders and put more in a civilian system. so that people are more protected. men and women. >> i was just wondering, as i was reading about your story,
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you were propositioned many times, and it continued. never stopped, and was it -- was it by underlings, by everyone? sort of a pack mentality? what do you think it was? >> it was -- it was by everyone. it wasn't just a different rank or officers or enlisted. it was just really normal. i was one of the few women out there on the deployment, so, you know, it was like acceptable to be overtly kind of harassing women. it was very normal. and other people were around. >> what do you think should be done? >> that's really difficult. and i know the problem is not just for women being raped in the militari, it's men too. more men than women, and i just think we need -- we need congress and our military people
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running the military to get together and maybe work on changing the system. changing the laws in the military, which are separate from the civilian laws, like the uniform code of military justice is totally different and it protects -- like it's a boy's system, and it's -- it's not --ith not working obviously. >> obviously. >> people are getting hurt. yeah. >> i know you are writing a book called the lady warrior project as part of your recovery and you have a website of the same name. tell us about that. >> i do. i'm creating the book with other female soldiers that have served in combat. a story of about 22 women in combat, what their experiences were like, serving overseas. >> all right. we look forward to that. nichole bowen, thank you for sharing your story. we appreciate it. >> thank you.
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my next two the "game" unraveling a military sex scandal. welcome to both of you. >> thank you. >> congressman, i want to begin with you, you blasted congress as an enabler of sexual assault. how so? >> well, we have known about this issue for 25 years. there have been plenty of scandals. we have historically held hearings. we've had the brass from the pentagon come up to capitol hill. they've all said the right things, zero tolerance and nothing changes. i made a commitment three years ago i was not going to let go of this issue until we did something reel real.
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i really feel for the first time both in the senate and the house that we have traction now on this issue and we will address it. not just by doing more of the same, which is training and that kind of activity is not enough. training is not going to solve this problem. it's a cultural problem. until we take these cases out of the chain of command, we are not going to be seeing any dramatic change. >> do you agree with the congress woman? >> i agree with just about everything representative spear had to say. she's exactly spot-on. we have known about this problem for 25 years. its about abuse of power and part of the problem, part of the culture na needs to be corrected that she accurately portrayed is there are people in organizations who know this unacceptable behavior is going on and they don't do anything
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about it and, so i think we need to treat this problem as a force protection issue not a woman's rights issue or a human relations, are you man resources issue or a person until issue. it's a force protection issue because our military cannot operate with all the great women we have serving in our country. >> congressman, it's mind bach boggling. when you put two people into positions who are supposed to solve the problem and those two people are accused of sexual assault, i mean, how do you put those kind of people in those positions? >> well, carole, when you also appreciate that these kids were potented as being -- pointed as being the tip of the spear so to speak. given 80 hours of training. they were supposed to be the
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creme de la creme. they were supposed problem the new leadership of the military. they turn out to be sexual predators. that's how indemmic this problem is in the military. more training is not the answer. that's typically what you will hear from everyone in the military. we're going to recertify everyone. we are going to do more training. in the private sector, if someone sexually harasss, they're fired. in the military, they look the other way. the conduct continues and it turns into sexual assault and rape. >> why weren't women put into those positions, you think? >> why are women put into? >> no, those men held those positions, now they stand accused. why wasn't a woman put into that position to try to stem -- >> well, i think, in part, because the problem is with the men, for the most part. i mean, we also have to underscore the fact that this is happening to men. men are being sexually assaulted
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and raped as well as women. in terms of numbers, more men than women. it's all about power. the power structure is held by men. so they probably figured out they needed a man in those positions because you have to educate the men. if you put a woman if one of those positions, they will be dismissed as bone token. for the most part these sexual response offices within the military have been tone e token. they haven't had any power, any clout, any investigative authority. they are there to basically provide training videos and that's not what we need. what we need is to see heads roll. >> chairman shadley, the vast majority of (not abusers. is it when they enter the military this pops into their head this is acceptable behavior or is the military attracting a certain kind of guy?
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>> two points, carole. one, if you look at those 26 now. cases and 1.3 million service members, that's about 2% are causing the problem. one sexual assault is one too many. the fact that this is a relatively small number should make it very easier for us to sort out who those bad actors are and get them out of our army and our military. the challenge that you have is, again, sexual assault is about power. and so you put people in positions at a hierarchal structure where the rank structure just emanates power over subordinates that you facilitate this abuse of power by people who have a propensity to do that. and that's why it's so essential that, first of all, we get cared for the victims of sexual
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assaults and make sure that we get them proper care. i'll having lunch with a lady who came to a book signing who was raped at the air force academy 25 years ago and she just wants to talk and we have been communicating ever since. it's a terrible, tramatic experience that these people suffer of men and women from the sexual assaults. and so if you take care of the victims, then from their statements, you can find out who the perpetrators were and i agree with congress woman spear, i suspect and i don't know but this is probably not the first time that the individual at ft. hood exhibited this behavior. >> okay. well, we are glad both of are you carrying on the fight. thank you so much for being with us, congress woman jackie spear and retired major general ront shadley. thanks so much. we'll be right back. e and wilbu. ...amelia... neil and buzz: for teaching us that you can't create the future...
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>> 57 minutes past the hour. time to check our stories. in philadelphia, a toddler is safe after her stroller fell on to subway traction. the mother simply says she lost grip on the stroller. the mother jumped down, lifted her child to safety. a bystander hit an alert button stopping a train that was less than a minute away. >> it was really smart thinking on her part that she made a conscious effort to hit that button. >> you are not kidding. they report the little girl will be just fine. keep an eye on the right-hand side of your screen, you are about to see a deer crash through the windshield through a transit bus in johnstown, pennsylvania. the driver had to wait until he pulled over and opened the door t. bus driver and a lone passenger were not hurt and the deer seemed to be fine, too. he fled without any obvious
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injuries. oh. more than 600 firefighters are trying to contain a fast moving fire in los angeles. a high school and some homes are under evacuation orders. flames also threatening transmission lines that supply power to los angeles. only one crossover suv aced a new crash tested by the insurance institute for highway safety. the small overlap front crash test simulates what happens when a vehicle's front corner hits another vehicle or an object like a utility pole. the only suv to earn the top rating of good was the 2014 subaru forester. the 2013 mitsubishi outlander passed. experts say small overlap crashes account for almost a quarter of all front-end crashes that involve serious or fatal injuries to people who were sitting in the front seat. the next hour of cnn
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"newsroom" starts now. good morning to you, i'm carol costello. thank you so much for being with me. we begin the hour with breaking news. a russian security agent says another us diplomat was dispelled from russia for trying to recruit a are agent. this happened before brian fog el was detained earlier this week by russia. he was accused of being a cia act. jill dougherty is covering this story. tell us about it. >> reporter: i think what you are seeing is russians are saying this is really a pattern. they are saying, number one, ryan fog el the most recent case has actually been they would argue was with the cia. they you into it before he came. it wasn't the first time he was spying. when he came to russia, they were watching him. they say over the past two years
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the united states has been upping its attempts to recruit russians, most of them intelligence agents to work for the cia. in fact, they say, as you pointed out, in january of this year an unnamed american also was expelled because of that. we asked the state departmentant. that they are not giving any details or confirming that. and then finally, they say, you know, it's simply, it was too much for them. the phrase is they tested our patients and it was beyond the pail and russia says they had to make this latest case very public, which they have been. so, carole, i think you can say there is a lot going on here, a lot of messages and the russians say that they are very angry, but this is not the type of relationship they want with the united states or the united states says that it wants with russia. >> all right, jill dougherty, reporting live from the state department this morning. we also have new information to tell you about in the boston
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marathon bombing investigation. as dzhokhar tsarnaev huddled inside this boat wound and bleeding with the police moving in, the suspect wrote a note outlining the possible motive behind if attack. let's bring in national correspondent susan candiotti. susan, what does the note say? >> reporter:well, it's pretty hard to imagine this. you can paint a picture for yourself. according to a u.s. official, dzhokhar tsarnaev wrote a note talking about a couple things, number one he scribbled he wouldn't be missing his older brother tamerlan, he knew he was dead as he huddled in this boat. he also indicated a motive for the bombing, that it was payback according to official against the united states for attacks against muslims in afghanistan and iraq. this is something we have heard before by convicted terrorists here in this country, but in this case, apparently, he said
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the same thing. he added in the note, according to official the people killed and injured if boston were simply collateral damage in so many words. if you attack one muslim, it is considered an attack against everyone, he wrote. the source also tells us that after dzhokhar tsarnaev was captured and was being interrogated bedside, he said, very much the same thing about the motive for these attacks. carole. >> so, just to -- the first line is sort of confusing. he was, you said, he said something about his brother and not missing him. >> yes. in other words, that at that potent, remember, this was within hours after there was a huge shootout in watertown near boston, when the police converged on both brothers and at that point tamerlan was shot and killed, in fact, police say that dzhokhar tsarnaev ran over his brother as he escaped and then went on to hide.
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so hours later as he was hiding in this boat, that's when at some point he decided to skrinl this message literally on the inside of the boat using a pen or some other instrument, according to source. >> that's just so strange. so we don't know where the note was found in the boat, because there were conflicting reports earlier that said he might have written the note on the boat, itself. >> no, that is what, in fact, are sources are talking about. it was literally written on the inside of the boat. not on a piece of paper. this was a message that he had written, possibly because he thought he would eventually be cap cured. possibly because he thought he might die of his injuries. so he scribbled this on the inside of the boat. >> interesting. susan candiotti. we'll let you get back to your investigation. thank you so much. we want to bring in cnn national security analyst juliette kaien who is in boston.
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hi. >> reporter: good morning. >> how does this change the notion that perhaps dzhokhar tsarnaev had been brain washed by his older brother and he was sort of a follower in this bomb plot? >> reporter: well, i think it still could mean that, you know, this idea of collateral damage is like language taken from the book of, you know, radical jihadists. right? it is the luongo that they use and so it could be that he's just mimicking this language that he's been fed as well as this, you know, the notion of coming back or fighting back about the war in iraq an aphganistan. so i think it's actually very consistent with the notion that he has been radicalized, of course, but by whom it's not known and i think the evidence is still suggesting that it is his brother simply because of dzhokhar tsarnaev's history, you know, as a sort of a kind of dropout, good for nothing kind of guy in high school who was just looking for leadership he
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found in his brother. i will say one thing about the report, about susan's reporting, what she's saying is consistent with the fbi impounding the bet for as long as it has. if there is actually evidence in the boat, physically on the boat, that's why, you know, remember when they took the boat out, that is very consistent with i. then i have to say one final thing, it's very, we always, he clearly was not attempting to commit suicide or to go down fighting even though he says he will meet his brother soon. there is a way in which he could have acted, you know, running towards the cop that would have clearly to be honest killed him, just by the nature of that evening. he instead decided to write some notes in the boat but eventually gets cap cured. that will be put before a court or through the criminal justice system. >> in all that time as far as you notice, as far as i know, investigators can't physical out whether the older brother tamerlan was radicalized by
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anyone. >> right. no, that's exactly right. at least as we have been discussing for the last month, it does appear like he made this trip to russia. now, there is lots of evidence coming out that he tried to become part of varies groups. remember, these groups are very, very intimate sort of the right word to describe him. they're not going to let some random guy from the united states come in, because they want to keep the secrets close hold. he tries to get in with various groups, one, two, three different times. two people he meets with are killed by the russians. so it doesn't look like much happened in russia. in fact the terrorist organizations there sort of push him back and say, we don't want -- they were probably worried he was working for law enforcement here. he comes back. that's when the chronology for the planning of the boston marathon occurs. it is looking like what we suspected, some sort of international element in terms of radicalization and allegiance to, you know the wars in iraq
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and afghanistan and the people there, but in terms of the planning on a home grown event. >> okay. i didn't say anything about chechnya. so strange. i am sure, it was very strange. i'm sure much more will come out of this note in the hours to come on cnn. thanks so much. we want to take you now to arizona where in just a few hours jurors in the jodi arias trial will hear arguments why her life shall be spared. they have decided she will be ebl eligible for the edeath penalty. >> we the jury duly empaenled upon our oaths do find the aggravating factor especially cruel has been promp, signed foreperson. -- has been proven, signed foreperson. >> everybody is wondering whether jodi arias will take the stand? >> well, i have news for you, it wouldn't be a normal day here if we didn't have something ab
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northlandal develop. carole, i can report to you now one of the closed door hearings kept from us, we are now kinding out what went on two days ago. her doempbs have asked this judge if they can quit. they have had it. they asked to be removed from the case. there is no reason publicly given. although, it is abundantly clear they would have had to make that notion clear to the judge. he has denied that motion. you will see them struggling to save her life. here is one of the problems, today when they open their statements, both of these attorneys on either side of this courtroom, the prosecutor, the defense, they're essentially trying to do just that, mitigate this woman's case down to the point where this jury could sign leniency and spare her t. problem is jodi gave an interview a few days ago after she was found guilty, saying, kill me, i'd rather day than live my life out in a box.
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what are they supposed to do no after mitigation specialists spent months meeting with jodi arias in her jail cell trying to come up with an adequate case to why she is a life worth sparing. now what are they supposed to do when they have a defendant who could very obviously put herself on the stan. she's the boss, carole. she makes the ultimate decision through her attorney. she has to stand up before that judge and say yes or no, i do or don'tt to testify in my own defense. if she insists to doing so. to her lawyer's potent, god forbid, says i'm done. it makes their job difficult. this is not what we know to be the fact chum basis by which these attorneys have asked to quit the case. there has been about $1.7 million more of the god people's tax money on her defense thus far. so you can understandably guess why this judge has said i don't think that's a good if you have reason to drop it all now and
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move on. >> let's say the jury decides to grant, to give the death penalty to jodi arias. she can appeal and might the lawyer's action business the basis for an appeal and drag this case out even longer? >> oh, hey, guess water happening in vegas, o.j. simpson has an ineffective argument of counsel argument. you know when you are out of options, that's the hail mary. a lot of case that's the case that comes up. sometimes you can prevail. most times can you not. but listen, if that is the case, in this country, where we have states that employ the death penally, have you an automatic appeal, even timothy mcvey had an automatic appeal. you cannot as a defendant decline that. it's what makes this country great. went to be sure even when we are not perfect at this. we want to do our best to make sure we got it right. she'll have an automatic appeal
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if that's what happens. any aent appeals she decline an nuch the needle, which is what timothy mcvey did. stipulate i at this point i think the team council working for her, i think it's been abundantly clear, notice to have a difficult defendant makes it all the more astounding. >> all right. we'lling thek check back with you, ashleigh banfield in phoenix, arizona this morning. we just got cellphone video of those thunderstorms that hit texas. let's watch. na is incredible. at least six people died when these types of tornadoes touched down in north texas. more than 100 people are injured
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he's the first english player ever to win league championship titles in soccer in four different countries, most famous for his time at manchester united where he joined as a 14-year-old. he moved from there to real, madrid, leading la liga in 2007. before joining the los angeles galaxy, helping to boost soccer in that country. he won the title there. it seems at the age of 38, beckham is calling it a day. the news confirmed by the governing board in this country. all though, as we say, we have not heard from beckham, himself, yet. >> i'm sure he will have many things to do. many americans know him mostly for his wife, victoria beckham for her fine fashionable sense and fashion line. he is fashionable, himself. >> reporter: i think that's the reason his retirement will make such huge news around the world. because people probably wouldn't put him in their list of top five greatest soccer players.
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>> 22 minutes past the hour. we might see o.j. simpson take the stand again. simpson, as you know, is seek agnew trial on his 28 conviction of robbery and kidnapping. i am intrigued by what o.j. simpson's former lawyers will say on the stand today. >> reporter: well, yale galanter, the former lawyer will probably take the stand on
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friday. today we have three other witness, when glaventer takes the stand, rest assured, he is probably going to let o.j. simpson have it. saying simpson saying he poorly represented him so terribly, he needs a new trial. galanter will come back and say, look, i was in a tough position. o.j. went into that courtroom. i did everything i could to get him off the hook. not my fault the jury rendered the verdict that it did, carol. >> so tell me what it was like to see o.j. simpson walk into the courtroom and to hear him speaking? >> reporter: well, let's start from the beginning of the week when we sue him for the first time in four noofl years. obviously, everybody made the comment that he seemed bloated, that he had gained weight. he was much greyer. his attorneys have said he is much more arthritic. even though he was cuffed, he seemed to walk in slowly, gingerly. then yesterday, when he finally testified, it had all the
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exattorney. don't forget, they were side-by-side. they were inseparable. they had been involved in other legal issues. all of a sudden now this colossal falling out. >> okay. so friday will be the big day. i'm sure today will be fascinating as well. paul vercammen reporting live from vegas, thanks so much. new developments from the boston marathon bombings. a message written by the lone surviving suspect. we'll tell you what it says. t ay lost any weight, but i feel skinnier, you know? not really. aaah! jessica! whoa! your friend's a rate sucker. her bad driving makes car insurance more expensive for the rest of us. try snapshot from progressive. snap it in and get a discount based on your good driving. [pop!] stop paying for rate suckers! try snapshot free at
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good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for being with me. it's 27 minutes past the hour and we have a bit of breaking news to tell you about. one month after the deadly attack at the boston marathon, we may finally have a motive. officials tell cnn, dzhokhar tsarnaev, the surviving suspect wrote a message inside the boat where he was captured by police. he wrote that the boston attack was payback for u.s. attacks on muslims during the wars in iraq and afganistan. he also wrote those killed and wounded at the marathon finish line were collateral damage. in the meantime, three of the points tsarnaev made are identical to what a london suicide bomber said before those aeing thes. tsarnaev also wrote he would not miss his older brother tamerlan,
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who was killed in that shootout with police, because he expected to join him soon. dzhokhar tsarnaev was found on that boat a day after the violent shootout with watertown police. his brother died during that incident. cnn has now learned the nearly 300 rounds that were fired, almost all of those rounds came from police. the bombers had only one guns, a pistol. in a city still searching for answers, questions are now being asked about how events unfolded that night in watertown. that story from cnn's drew griffin. >> reporter: this is all police knew at the time. >> officer down! >> reporter: an m.i.t. officer had been shot and killed. hours earlier, the fbi had released these pictures of suspected bombers. tensions were high all across this city, when this alert went out. >> shots fired at watertown. shots fired at water oun rutown. get to watertown. police raced to laurel and
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dexter streets to face what amounted to chaos. >> they have explosives, some type of grenades, they're in between houses down here. >> loud explosions! loud explosions! shots fired! >> reporter: the tsarnaev brothers were in the middle of the streets firing home-made bombs, in return, facing a massive barrage of police bullets. two local law enforcement source tell cnn, the tsarnaev's had one gun between them. when the older brother, tamerlan, was tackled by police, that one gun was empty. it was the moment his younger brother tried to make a run for it in a stolen suv. >> there was a lot of gunfire at that point. that was probably the highest point in gunfire and really as soon as the suv turned around in the street, it was justing a
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sell rated gunfire from all coming from the officers. >> you grabbed your iphone. >> i grabbed my phone and immediately jumped onto the bed and started taking pictures. >> reporter: andrew kitchenberg crouched in his 2nd floor window and saw that escape. so did an eyewitness jane dyson looking down on officers from a 3rd floor window. at that moment, she told the boston negotiation it appeared to me that an individual at the corner fell to the ground and had probably been hit by gunfire. that would have been transit officer richard donahue who was standing right here. at the time he was shot, tamerlan tsarnaev was laying on the street. his brother dzhokhar tsarnaev was driving away. only the police were firing. officially, state police tell us the matter remains under investigation. law enforcement sources tell cnn, officer richard donahue was
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struck by a bullet fired by police. only the heroic actions of his fellow officers to stop the bleeding in his thigh saved his life. it was a close call. there would be many. that's because when all the shooting finally finished, neighbors surveying the damage in and out of their homes found bullet holes everywhere, in this apartment above the street at the firefight. at this home across the street. this is a half a block behind where the tsarnaev's made their last stand. the home has three bullets. unless the brothers turned around and fired away from police, these bullets, too, came from law enforcement. >> this is the bullet here that penetrated into our dining room. >> reporter: harry wasn't home the night of the shooting, his niece was says she heard and felt the bullets whizzing by inside his house.
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these are two builts found in your home. >> that came through, landed near the pedestal of the stair case the other upstairs in the closet went through one, exited one, when to the the other closet on the o other side of the entrants of the house and landed in front of the stair case as well. >> reporter: those bullets were later recovered be i the fbi. on that night, officers from several police force converged on this chaotic scene. nearly 300 rounds were fired in minutes. almost all of them by police a. shooting barrage described by experts in just one word, contagious. >> in conthat jun shooting. if you look back at cases of the past, we find that if one person starts shooting, it immediately causes a contageon or other people to start shooting. >> reporter: a professor at university of new haven, he spent 32 years as ap co, seven of those years as a police chief
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in connecticut. he says he was reluctant to be interviewed because he like other critics still believe police responded-roically. >> in a situation like this it almost becomes a war zone and things that occur in a very dynamic moments of a situation like the one that was unfolding if boston in watertown are not necessarily no matter how hard our police work, what they are trained to drop. de carlo tells us what several experts who wouldn't go on camera also told us. they believe police did not receive enough firearms training and that local and state forces do not train together enough. the shoot has not dimmed the praise for police who put themselves in harm's way. >> it's right underneath my son's bedroom. >> reporter: but at laurel and dexter's streets, each bullet hole is a reminder of how close knows heros came to causing a
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based on a person's personal belief it would have been considered out of bounds a week ago. today these questions are considered more than reasonable. >> jim acosta, he's on capitol hill. what exactly did congress woman bachman mean by that? >> reporter: well, carol, she and a bunch of other tea party leaders were up here on capitol hill talking about this irs scandal and obamacare, the president's healthcare law was a major theme running throughout this news conference. you heard the tea party leader there on capitol hill refer to the healthcare law. what she was referring to, carol, is the irs is sort of the enforcement agency for much of obamacare. if you don't have health insurance, you don't prove that to the irs, then you have to pay a tax. that's the way the healthcare law is written and that's, that was one of the reasons why it was upheld up at the supreme
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court. so congressman bachman is saying this opposite up all sorts of questions to whether or not americans would have to approve of certain things in order to get their healthcare tax waived. obviously, you know, some of that, democrats are going to say, that's a lot of hyperbole. that was the case. it was one of the themes running throughout this news conference. they had a lot of tea party leaders come up here and faulk to reporters. it was interesting to hear what they have to say. we have been hearing over the last several day what is some of tease pea party leaders had to go through to get their tax exempt status from the irs. a woman from south carolina, a tea party mom says her organization wasn't making money, wasn't receiving donation, yet, she had to go through years of questions from the irs in order to get her tax on status for her group. a lot of complaining here. they say this irs scandal
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breathed new life into that movement. carol. >> i was going to ask you that, we haven't heard from michelle bachman in time. she was the tea party leader. we haven't heard a people in now. >> reporter: she had that bruising company. so she's been somewhat out of the limelight. she came back really after the president hitting him pretty hard throughout this news conference, asking about this irs scandal. what does the president snow when did the president know it? that's a reference to richard nixon and watergooet. the questions asked of mr. nixon back then. i asked her, are you calling for impeefment? she said not a weekend goes by when she talks to her constituents when they don't ask her about impeachment. she said, we don't want to jump to conclusion, after the fuse conference was over, i asked her about some of her comments, she said she feels this irs scandal is worse tan watergate. obviously the white house is going to strenuously disagree
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with that. they feel they put much of this programs not all of it to rest wot ousting of the acting irs commissioner yesterday, carol. >> all right. jim acosta reporting live from capitol hill. the irs mess could be growing, too. a short time ago, i spoke with republican representatives of loochlt. i asked him if the acting commissioner's resignation was a good first step. >> this is not enough. we have to get to the bottom of this we expect the acting commissioner who was just fired to appear before our committee tomorrow. it's important he appear, come forward truthfully, openly, give us the real answers to the extent that he knows, because up until now the irs has been very evasive, not very forthcoming. in fact, they have been misleading. i would say that any tax payer who is misleading or lies to the irs on their tax returns, they're going to be very stiff
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penalties. well, it has to go both wies. >> you said there is a culture of rot at the irs. the house speaker jed said someone ought to go to jail for this. do you agree? >> well, i think we have to find out where federal law was broken. if, indeed, so, yes. i do agree with the speaker. but we have to walk through this and find out what exactly happened. i think there is a combination of very poor management from the top and oversight by the irs of workers who were doing this work in the tax exempt sector. and at the same time, we have to understand why were they misleading? why did they not answer questions that we were posing over the last two years when they, indeed, few what was going on? congress was trying to provide oversight and to make sure that things were being done appropriately. we were not getting the information that we needed. >> the tea party groups are not the only once claiming the irs targeted them. frank lip graham comes to mind,
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as do other religious groups. even a check professor says he believes the irs targeted him. do you believe the irs may be guilty of all of these charges, too? >> that very well may be so. think about it. the irs is our federal entity with our federal government. it interfaces with all the taxpayers. people are afraid of the irs. whether you are a joe on the street or a ceo of a large company. nobody wants the irs breathing down their necks. so there is an element of fear there. that's not a good thing. i'll tell you, since this broke, we are getting a lot more responses, many, many more responses from people who are claiming that they were harassed and really intimidated by the irs. we are going to bet to the bottom of this. >> how many calls have you gotten from people who say they are targets? is your office investigating them somehow? >> we are getting a lot of wren statements today or actually yesterday. i got a number of them.
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i have other members of congress approaching me, handing me letters of complaint by their constituents. this is something that is deep. it's pervasive. i think there is a cull can you recall rot at -- cultural rot at the irs. if you think about it. the irs has come to us repeatedly wanting more and more resources. yet, you had this mismanagement and this abuse. we will put a stop to that. we will clean up this mess. >> thank you. a new allegation of sexual abuse against michael jackson. this time it's a man who testifies in jackson's defense. . my mantra? always go the extra mile. to treatw testosterone, i did my research. my doctor and i went with axiron, the only underarm low t treatment. axiron can restore t levels to normal in about 2 weeks in most men. axiron is not for use in women or anyone younger than 18 or men with prostate or breast cancer. women, especially those who are or who may become pregnant and children should avoid contact where axiron is applied
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morning he spoke out on nbc's "today show." >> i never forget one moment of what michael did to me. but i was psychologically and emotionally completely unable and unwilling to understand it was sexual abuse. >> so what are you alleging he actually did? >> he sexually abused me from 7-years-old until 14. >> i know it's a difficult and personal question, but can you be more specific because you are accusing someone who is deceased of criminal activity. >> yeah. >> so i need you to be a little more specific. did he perform sexual act itself on you? did he force to you perform sexual acts on him? what was the nature of the abuse? >> yes. exactly what you said. he performed sexual acts on me and forced me to perform sexual acts on him. >> jackson was found fought guilty of that previous trial. he died in 2009. now, robison, a reknown dancer and choreographer is filing with the court to make a late claim
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commissioner for the irs this week. it was just yesterday the president announced stephen miller's resignation, the former acting irs commissioner. he was asked to resign in the wake of a scandal at the irs where conservative groups were targeting delays. a national weather service confirms ten tornado ripped across north texas last night. at least six people died and more than 100 were injured. they are looking for seven people who remain missing. we are learning now details on how the kidnapping survivors if cleveland are survivoring. gina dejesus and michelle knight spoke over the phone and they are learning what an iphone is and gina dejesus got a makeover from her sister and amanda berry has been going out in the back
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yard. socialist policies and nationalization of the industry have discouraged production of that basic staple in life. the government says it will now import 50 million rolls of toilet paperer. they will begin arriving next week. until then, venezuelans have to improvise. in philadelphia, a toddler is safe and sound after her stroller fell on to subway tracks. a camera caught the whole thing t. mother says she simply lost control of the stroller. the woman jumped down to the tracks to lift her to safety. in the meantime, a bystander hit a button stopping a train less than a minute away. >> a smart decision on her part to make a conscious effort to hit that button. >> they report the little girl will be just fine. that canadian astronaut whose witty videos from the international space station went viral. she back on earth. and his next appearance on the
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internet minutes away. we'll tell you all about it.
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[ music playing ] >> oh, i always want to hear more. in just a few minutes, that
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astronaut making a remake of david bowie's "space odd di" johner is relevant la is counting on the minutes in miami. all those are good things. >> reporter: o, carol, absolutely. this guy the commander of the international space station. he came back. landed in kazahkstan on monday. they released the video which his son evan produced in the five month he was up there. i mean, 7 million views already and counting. you know, if you weren't familiar with the title of the song, take a listen to some of the words, you will be familiar with these. [ music playing ] . >> so, you know, so what he ends up doing now, he's holding a news conference in just a couple
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of minutes we will be talking with a canadian journalist. i assume the bulk of the news conference will be occupied by his celebrity, his stardom. he is a rockstar now. he was always popular in canada. now, you are right, what he has done has brought tremendous attention to the space program. he's not the only one that's done this kind of stuff. nasa has had its own band for years called max q. it was a lot of the original and older space shuttle snaults that first formed it when now that tradition has been carried on. meek macevedo very popular. chris hadfield who by the way was raised on a farm in ontario, that's where he came from, he has transcended everybody right now. so i can't wait to listen what he has to say. very, ver well-spoken and as i said, he's a rockstar.
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>> he is a rockstar. i can't wait to hear what he has to say. john zarella i envy you. thank you so much. thank you for joining me cnn "newsroom" john boehner right now. >> hello, everyone, i'm ash leak banfield. we want to begin in north texas where daybreak revealed a tiny town utterly devastated. we have the dramatic scene when ten tornadoes, ten, ripped through the area leveling much of the small town of granbury, texas. take a look at the images. some are saying it is virtually like a war zone. you can see why. reports of entire homes being flattened, wiped off their foundations. people still inside. cars flying through the air. at least six people at this count are confirmed dead. more than 100 are hurt and seven people are still on the missing list. and